Great Expectations ★★½

Charles Dickens is one of my favorite writers, and I've designated 2017 as my year of rereading him, so I was definitely in the right mood for this film. Unfortunately, it's not very good. It's a handsome adaptation, I'll give it that (although I'm not sure about the rockabilly makeover they've given the Finches of the Grove). It's also well-cast. But beyond that it's got all the familiar problems that adaptations of this kind have: the story is rushed and undercooked to the point that it feels like thumbing through a Reader's Digest version of the book. Would've loved to have seen this as a mini-series, though.